Read our interviews with USA FWW Centenary Partners
The centenary anniversary of the United States’ entry into the First World War, on 6 April 2017, was marked across the USA and in the UK. The First World War Centenary Partnership are pleased to share a special USA edition of the ‘In Conversation With’ series. In this edition we speak to a number of our American Centenary Partnership members about how they marked the centenary and their upcoming programme of events. Click here to find out more about Centenary Partnership membership, including our Membership resources and previous ‘In Conversation With’ interviews.
Chris Isleib, Director of Public Affairs for the United States World War One Centennial Commission, discusses the national and local scope of his organisation and the wide range of support they offer to projects related to World War I. Most recently, the Centennial Commission produced America’s national ceremony commemorating the United States’ entry into the Great War. Keep up to date with USA First World War events with the US National WW1 Centennial Commission Events Register.
Read our interview with John Marks, Program Coordinator of Saving Hallowed Ground where he tells us about community engagement through their Memorial Tree Programme and the historic beginnings of the project.
We spoke to two of the team at the Library of Congress about new World War I projects and Exhibitions. Ryan Reft, historian of Modern American in the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress, spoke to us about using collections to document the individual experiences of men and women who served in the First World War and gives his insight into the ‘Echoes of the Great War’ exhibition.
Megan Harris, Senior Reference Specialist for the Veterans History Project at the American Folklife Centre at the Library of Congress, talks about chronicling the individual narratives of the First World War and the use of diaries, scrapbooks and oral history in exhibitions.
Find out here more about the Library of Congress 19 month programme of First World War events.
Read our interview with photographer Michael St Maur Sheil who gives an intimate insight into the development of his most recent exhibition Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace: The Doughboys 1917-18, which was launched at the U.S. National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City.
We were delighted to speak to Doran Cart, Senior Curator of the National World War I Museum and Memorial, who worked on The Doughboys photography exhibition, about the museum’s role as America’s official WWI museum and memorial and their programme of centenary events.
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